Chandrayaan-3 to be launched in 2021 instead of late 2020: Government

Pablo Tucker
September 8, 2020

On July 22, 2019, Chandrayaan-2 was launched aimed at the Moon's South Pole and on September 7, the Vikram hard landed on Moon's surface. However, not like Chandrayaan-2, it is not going to have an "orbiter" however it should have a "lander" and a "rover". The launch which was planned for 2020 will now take off for the Lunar surface sometime in early 2021.

The mission has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and the follow-up lockdowns.

However, the orbiter of "Chandrayaan 2" was placed successfully and sending data to the earth.


The moon lander Vikram (in the foreground) and orbiter (in the background), part of the Chandrayaan 2 mission, in a cleanroom at ISRO, Bengaluru. The unsuccessful landing crashed India's dream to become the first country to successfully touch down on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt. The paper reviewed data from the Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, which had discovered water ice and mapped minerals while surveying the Moon's surface in 2008.

"Thus, the Chandrayaan-1 Moon information signifies that the Moon's poles are house to water, that is what the scientists try to decipher", the assertion added. With more hematite on the side of the Moon facing Earth, the possibility is that Earth's oxygen could be driving the formation of hematite, according to Li.

The second possibility is hydrogen delivered by solar wind, which prevents oxidation but during certain periods of the Moon's orbit (specifically, whenever it's in the full Moon phase), Earth's magnetotail blocks over 99% of the solar wind. It's what is known as a reducer, meaning it adds electrons to the materials it interacts with.


After the laborious touchdown of Chandrayaan-2 in September final yr, house company ISRO had deliberate one other mission to the Moon later this yr. The moon's atmosphere does not have oxygen, which makes this discovery very peculiar.

The Moon is mostly devoid of water, except for the frozen water found in lunar craters on the opposite side of the Moon, far from where most of the hematite was found.


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